1913 was not a good year for Middletown, Ohio. This picture doesn't show the half of it; it was really much worse than this. All of the water, sewer and gas mains were washed away to a depth of 8-10 feet. People and livestock perished, and buildings were destroyed.
There were people who actually traveled to Middletown to gawk at the destruction after the flood as a form of amusement. They got amusement all right; they were arrested and put to work at street cleaning. I think we couldn't do that today, which is a shame.
The Middletown Public Library has lots of pictures of this terrible flood, including gawkers being put to work (see picture #148), on their website.
American Rolling Mills was a steel company, founded in 1900 in Middletown. Today it is known as Armco. Tom T. Hall wrote a song entitled The Rolling Mills of Middletown. Click here to see the lyrics.